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Staff members complete Birmingham half marathon

Staff members complete Birmingham half marathon
Thursday 5th November 2009 by C. Freeman
Miss Gorey and Mr Twamley completed the Birmingham half marathon recently and are hoping that others from Brooke Weston might want to get involved. The duo were among a group who ran the 10k London race in July raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust, before they decided to tackle the longer distance.

More than 12,000 people took part in the EDF Energy event that attracted around 200 of the world's best athletes, along with amateur runners, wheelchair athletes and blind competitors. Each of the individual races were started by former double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes.

Miss Gorey completed the course in just 1:39:36 while Mr Twamley shaved more than half an hour off the time he registered in the same event the previous year. To prepare for the race they regularly ran laps of a three-mile circuit around Oakley Vale to build up their stamina. Although they didn't seek sponsorship in advance if anyone wants to retrospectively sponsor them then funds will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. They have not signed up for any more events this year, but plan to start training again early next year. If any staff or students wish to get involved then simply contact Miss Gorey or Mr Twamley for more details, although there are minimum age limits on the races.

Paul said: 'I did the TCT run this year but struggled with that so thought I'd do some serious running. The week before I did a 10k race in Northampton in 51 minutes. I was really pleased with that and so, straight after Fairthorne Manor, I did the Birmingham half marathon in two hours and five which is 32 minutes quicker than I completed it in last year. I got to ten miles and struggled and the last three were the hardest out of the race.'

Miss Gorey said: 'It was a really good day out and you got a real buzz taking part. Paul and I started off together for the first two miles and then we went at our own pace. It's brilliant, you feel like a celebrity, people you don't even know are cheering you on!'

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